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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey do not recognize Crimea’s annexation by Russia

Turkey does not and will not recognize Crimea's annexation by the Russian Federation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey do not recognize Crimea's annexation by Russia

“Turkey has not recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea, and it is not going to do so,” he said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Ankara on Wednesday after bilateral negotiations, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Interfax.

The Turkish president said that Russia had breached international law by the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for Turkey’s engagement in international negotiations on the Crimea issue, including the ‘Geneva plus’ format (Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union).

“Mr. President [of Turkey] and I have called for joint steps towards the de-occupation of Crimea. With this in mind, we plan to pool our efforts at international organizations, on the basis of new international formats, among them ‘Geneva plus’ involving Budapest Memorandum guarantors, Turkey and Ukraine,” Poroshenko said at the joint press conference.

It should be recalled that yesterday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko started his official visit to Turkey.